36 days in South America Itinerary

36 days in South America Itinerary

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Quito, Ecuador
— 6 nights
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Iquitos, Peru
— 4 nights
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La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
— 6 nights
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Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
— 2 nights
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela
— 5 nights
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Caracas, Venezuela
— 1 night
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Merida, Venezuela
— 1 night
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Bus to San Antonio del Táchira, Drive to Cucuta, Fly to Medellin
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Medellin, Colombia
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Quito, Ecuador

— 6 nights

Light of America

High in the Andean foothills, Quito remains one of the world's most photogenic capital cities, featuring two dramatic mountain ranges as its backdrop.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Quito: Otavalo (Museo Otavalango & Peguche Wasi), Termas de Papallacta (in Papallacta) and Cuicocha (in Cotacachi). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, get to know the fascinating history of Quito Old Town, explore the world behind art at La Capilla Del Hombre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica del Voto Nacional.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Quito travel website.

Las Vegas, USA to Quito is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Las Vegas to Quito, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Quito, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Iquitos.

Things to do in Quito

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 17:

Iquitos, Peru

— 4 nights

Capital of the Peruvian Amazon

The largest city in the Peruvian Amazon and the world's largest metropolis unreachable by road, Iquitos represents a major starting point for river and rainforest adventures.
Step out of Iquitos with an excursion to Iguana Lodge & Camp in Santo Toribio--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through La Isla De Los Monos, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and soothe aching muscles at El Purguero.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Iquitos trip planner.

You can fly from Quito to Iquitos in 10.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Quito in April: high temperatures in Iquitos hover around 88°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the flight to La Paz.

Things to do in Iquitos

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 21:

La Paz, Bolivia

— 5 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Explore La Paz's surroundings by going to Puma Punku (in Tiahuanaco) and Tiwanaku (in Tiwanaku). Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, ponder the world of politics at Centro de Informacion Turistica, make a trip to Mi Teleferico, and explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Moon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Paz trip maker.

You can fly from Iquitos to La Paz in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Bolivia Time (BOT) is 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Iquitos in April: high temperatures in La Paz hover around 59°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Buenos Aires.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trips

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

— 6 nights

Queen of La Plata

Cultural capital of South America, Buenos Aires remains one of the largest cities on the continent, serving as a point of departure for exploring the rest of the country.
Buenos Aires is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Cemiterio de Recoleta, admire the masterpieces at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, admire the striking features of El Ateneo Grand Splendid, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Defensa.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Buenos Aires trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from La Paz to Buenos Aires in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Bolivia Time (BOT) to Argentina Standard Time (ART), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from La Paz in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Buenos Aires: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Roques National Park.

Things to do in Buenos Aires

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Los Roques National Park, Venezuela

— 2 nights
Indulge in a relaxing, tropical vacation in Los Roques National Park, a stunning chain of more than 300 coral islands.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Faro Holandes and then get outside with Noronky Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Roques National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Buenos Aires to Los Roques National Park in 12.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Buenos Aires to Los Roques National Park. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Canaima National Park.

Things to do in Los Roques National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
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Canaima National Park, Venezuela

— 5 nights
One of the largest national parks in the world, Canaima National Park encompasses 30,000 sq km (12 sq mi) of distinct landscapes, varied wildlife, and the world's highest waterfalls.
Canaima National Park is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Aponguao, explore the striking landscape at Salto Kawi, Head underground at Kavak Cave, and explore the activities along Sorowapo.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Canaima National Park day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Los Roques National Park to Canaima National Park takes 12 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Los Roques National Park to Canaima National Park due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Caracas.

Things to do in Canaima National Park

Nature · Parks
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Caracas, Venezuela

— 1 night

Heaven's Branch on Earth

Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Las Mercedes, then head outdoors with Parque Nacional el Avila, and then get outside with Playa Caribe.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Caracas trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Canaima National Park to Caracas in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Venezuela Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Merida.

Things to do in Caracas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Merida, Venezuela

— 1 night

City of Gentlemen

An affluent and forward-thinking Andean city, Merida gives good access to a range of outdoor sights and experiences, while itself having a bustling and entertaining urban core.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Sierra Nevada.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Merida trip planner.

Getting from Caracas to Merida by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Caracas to Merida, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Medellin.

Things to do in Merida

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:
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Medellin, Colombia

— 5 nights

City of the Eternal Spring

Nestled between rising hills in a narrow valley, Medellin serves as an energetic melting pot of people from all socio-economic classes.
Medellin is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanico de Medellin, don't miss a visit to Plaza Botero, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Templo Parroquial Jesus Nazareno.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Medellin planning site.

Getting from Merida to Medellin by combination of bus, car, and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In May, daytime highs in Medellin are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Medellin

Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

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Venezuela travel guide

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Land of Grace
A vacation in Venezuela, one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, can be both affordable and highly rewarding. From snowcapped mountains and vast grassland, to tropical islands and lush rainforests, Venezuela's varied landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers. Whether you're looking to laze on the Caribbean beaches, trek through the verdant jungles, or immerse yourself in the vibrant city culture, a Venezuela holiday offers something for everyone. Admire the world's highest waterfalls, go island hopping, discover tasty local delicacies, and witness the sheer abundance of wildlife and endemic species in Venezuela.